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Dragon Age
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Dragon Age series logo (2013–present)
Genre(s) Role-playing
Developer(s) BioWare
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Creator(s) David Gaider and BioWare
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, OS X
First release Dragon Age: Origins
November 3, 2009
Latest release Dragon Age: Inquisition
November 18, 2014

Dragon Age is a dark fantasy role-playing video game series created by Canadian developer BioWare. The first game was Dragon Age: Origins , released in 2009. The sequel Dragon Age II was released in March 2011. Dragon Age: Inquisition was released in November 2014. The series' fantasy setting has been used by a variety of other media, including books and tabletop games, and the three main games have been joined by a variety of downloadable content (DLC) add-ons. A fourth installment was announced on December 6, 2018. [1]

BioWare is a Canadian video game developer based in Edmonton, Alberta. It was founded in May 1995 by newly graduated medical doctors Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk, alongside Trent Oster, Brent Oster, Marcel Zeschuk and Augustine Yip. As of 2007, the company is owned by American publisher Electronic Arts.

<i>Dragon Age: Origins</i> 2009 video game

Dragon Age: Origins is a role-playing game developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts. It is the first game in the Dragon Age franchise, and was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 in November 2009, and for Mac OS X in December 2009. Set in the fictional kingdom of Ferelden during a period of civil strife, the game puts the player in the role of a warrior, mage, or rogue coming from an elven, human, or dwarven background. The player character is recruited into the Grey Wardens, an ancient order that stands against demonic forces known as "Darkspawn", and is tasked with defeating the Archdemon that commands them and ending their invasion. The game is played from a third-person perspective that can be shifted to a top-down perspective. Throughout the game, players encounter various companions, who play major roles in the game's plot and gameplay.

<i>Dragon Age II</i> video game

Dragon Age II is an action role-playing video game developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts (EA) for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and OS X. It is the second major game in the Dragon Age series and was released worldwide in March 2011. Set in the world of Thedas, introduced in Dragon Age: Origins, players assume the role of Hawke, a human mage, rogue, or warrior who arrives in the city of Kirkwall as a lowly refugee, and becomes its legendary champion over a turbulent decade of political and social conflict. In the game, players explore and engage in combat from a third-person perspective. Players encounter various companions, who play major roles in the game's plot and gameplay. Depending on players' decisions and dialogue, a companion will either recognize Hawke as a friend or a rival.

Contents

Video games

Main series

YearGameType
2009 Dragon Age: Origins Main game
Dragon Age: Origins – The Stone PrisonerDLC
Dragon Age: Origins – Warden's KeepDLC
2010Dragon Age: Origins – Return to OstagarDLC
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening Expansion pack
Dragon Age: Origins – Feastday gifts and pranksDLC
Dragon Age: Origins – The Darkspawn ChroniclesDLC
Dragon Age: Origins – Leliana's SongDLC
Dragon Age: Origins – The Golems of AmgarrakDLC
Dragon Age: Origins – Witch HuntDLC
Dragon Age: Origins – Ultimate EditionCompilation
2011 Dragon Age II Main game
Dragon Age II: The Exiled PrinceDLC
Dragon Age II: The Black EmporiumDLC
Dragon Age II: LegacyDLC
Dragon Age II: Mark of the AssassinDLC
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Main game
2015Dragon Age: Inquisition – Jaws of HakkonDLC
Dragon Age: Inquisition – The DescentDLC
Dragon Age: Inquisition – TrespasserDLC
Dragon Age: Inquisition – Game of the Year EditionCompilation
TBADragon Age: The Dread Wolf RisesMain game

Dragon Age 4

The fourth main entry in the series, Dragon Age 4, is being developed as of 2019. Development of this game, code-named "Joplin", began in 2015. It was originally intended to be a smaller, more narrative-focused game set in the Tevinter Imperium region of the game's world. [2] Problems with the development of Bioware's other games Mass Effect: Andromeda and Anthem led to repeated interruptions as "Joplin" staff was shifted to these games. In October 2018, Bioware and its parent company EA cancelled "Joplin" altogether, reportedly because it did not provide for a "live service" component providing ongoing monetization opportunities, as was expected by EA. [2] Development of Dragon Age 4 was restarted under the code-name "Morrison", this time with a live-service component and based on Anthem's code. [2]

<i>Mass Effect: Andromeda</i> video game

Mass Effect: Andromeda is an action role-playing video game developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts. The fourth major entry in the Mass Effect series, it was originally released in March 2017 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The game is set in the Milky Way Galaxy during the 22nd century, where humanity is planning to populate new home worlds in the Andromeda Galaxy as part of a strategy called the Andromeda Initiative. The player assumes the role of either Scott or Sara Ryder, an inexperienced military recruit who joins the Initiative and wakes up in Andromeda following a 634-year journey. Events transpire that result in Ryder becoming humanity's Pathfinder, tasked with finding a new home world for humanity while also dealing with an antagonistic alien race known as the Kett, and uncovering the secrets of a mysterious synthetic race known as the Remnant.

<i>Anthem</i> (video game) 2019 online multiplayer action role-playing video game developed by BioWare

Anthem is an online multiplayer action role-playing video game developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts. The game was released worldwide for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on February 22, 2019.

Spin-offs

Dragon Age Journeys

Dragon Age Journeys was planned to be a three-chapter Flash game spin-off by EA 2D. The first chapter of the game, The Deep Roads was released for free in 2009. Players can unlock achievements in the game, which will unlock unique items in Dragon Age: Origins. The second and third chapters were to be purchase-only, but have been cancelled. [3]

Adobe Flash is a deprecated multimedia software platform used for production of animations, rich Internet applications, desktop applications, mobile applications, mobile games and embedded web browser video players. Flash displays text, vector graphics and raster graphics to provide animations, video games and applications. It allows streaming of audio and video, and can capture mouse, keyboard, microphone and camera input. Related development platform Adobe AIR continues to be supported.

Dragon Age Legends

Dragon Age Legends is a strategy role-playing game developed by EA for the Facebook Platform. Dragon Age Legends gives players their experience of the Free Marches, the setting of Dragon Age II. Dragon Age Legends gameplay will unlock items within Dragon Age II. The game features character customization and an upgrade system that is not similar to Dragon Age II . [4]

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Heroes of Dragon Age

In 2013, EA released Heroes of Dragon Age, a free-to-play game for mobile devices. The game is battle-based, featuring digital 3D figurines of characters from the Dragon Age universe. Rather than introducing new lore, the game is based on "what if?" scenarios drawn from plotlines in the existing games. [5] [6]

Characters

Other media

Aggregate review scores
As of November 11, 2014.
Game Metacritic
Dragon Age: Origins (PC) 91 [7]
(PS3) 87 [8]
(X360) 86 [9]
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening (PC) 82 [10]
(PS3) 80 [11]
(X360) 80 [12]
Dragon Age II (PC) 82 [13]
(PS3) 82 [14]
(X360) 79 [15]
Dragon Age: Inquisition (PC) 85 [16]
(PS4) 89 [17]
(XONE) 85 [18]

The Dragon Age setting is also used in several other media.

Dragon Age Keep

Dragon Age Keep is an online platform that allows players to save their in-game choices in a "world state." If their gaming platform is connected to the internet, then a player's major decisions will be saved and can be imported into new games. This affects the events and characters that are present in-game, most noticeably so in Dragon Age: Inquisition. Dragon Age Keep incorporates decisions made in DLCs as well as the major games. The platform also allows for players to customize their world states by choosing the preferred outcome for any given choice.

Books

Novels

There are currently six novels set in the Dragon Age universe.

Tabletop role-playing game

A tabletop role-playing game, titled Dragon Age , was released on January 25, 2010 by Green Ronin. [28] The game uses a new game system [28] using three six-sided dice, called the "AGE System". The game's initial release was as a boxed set including a Player's Guide, Game Master's Guide, map of Ferelden and three dice. Two more boxed sets were released to carry characters to higher levels. The complete game has also been released as a hardcover book.

Anime film

An anime film adaptation was announced on June 7, 2010. It was co-produced by BioWare, EA and anime company Funimation Entertainment. It was released in Japanese theaters on February 11, 2012. [29] The film is called Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker with Funimation Entertainment releasing a teaser trailer on their website. [30] Main character Cassandra appeared in Dragon Age II and would later appear in "Dragon Age: Inquisition". The plot of this film provides backstory for a young Cassandra Pentaghast, who is on a quest to save the Chantry from a group of blood mages that has gained the ability to control dragons.

Comics

Dragon Age: Origins, a webcomic by the artist of Penny Arcade, was made available in 2010, and it tells a story about a group of Templars sent on a search & destroy mission for Flemeth, the Witch of the Wilds. The timeline is set before the game Dragon Age: Origins, as Morrigan has not yet been recruited by The Warden.

Another webcomic, Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening, was also released in 2010 by Penny Arcade. This short story tells how Nathaniel Howe broke into Vigils Keep prior to his arrest in Awakening right before meeting The Warden.

Dragon Age: The Revelation, written by David Gaider, was published in 2010 on BioWare's website, and features art from Aimo. The story is based on a script from the video game Dragon Age: Origins that did not make the final release. It details a meeting between Morrigan and Alistair after the Grey Wardens learn from Riordan that in order to kill an Archdemon the warden who slays the beast must die. Morrigan seeks out Alistair to ask his advice on the lengths one would go to help a friend in need. The story assumes a female warden as Duncan's last recruit and ends with Morrigan on her way to Alistair's bedroom to offer The Dark Ritual.

Three graphic novels and a series of comic books have also been released: Dragon Age, a 133-page story written by Orson Scott Card with the help of Aaron Johnson and released by IDW Publishing in 2011, tells the story of a mage becoming romantically involved with a Templar. It was originally released in 6 individual comics but was collected and issued in a single graphic novel. The story is set before the events of the video games and takes place in and around the Tower of Magi.

The second series of graphic novels set after the events of Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II were released beginning in 2012. The novels were The Silent Grove, Those Who Speak, and Until We Sleep. The Silent Grove follows Alistair, Varric and Isabela as they uncover the truth behind Alistair's past. It is written by David Gaider. The second and third graphic novels in the series, Those Who Speak and Until We Sleep, were released as well by Dark Horse Comics [31] in the same plotline, and later re-released in a 'Library Edition' compilation. [32]

The third series of graphic novels, titled Dragon Age: Magekiller, is set before and during the events of Dragon Age: Inquisition. Written by Greg Rucka, the story follows Marius, a mage-hunting mercenary, and Tessa Forsythia, his assistant, as they progress through Thedas to seek for their targets. The story aims at "expanding the world of Dragon Age", and will involve areas that are never shown in the Dragon Age games. [33] The first issue of the comic was released on December 16, 2015. [34]

A semi-sequel to Magekiller from the same team, Dragon Age: Knight Errant, launched in May 2017 and followed elven thief Vaea. A third entry for the series, Dragon Age: Deception, is slated to launch with the first issue in October 2018.

Action figures

A series of four action figures was released by DC Direct. [35] Series one includes action figures of Morrigan, Duncan, Loghain and a Genlock. Each highly detailed figure features game-accurate accessories and can be found in game and hobby shops and various online retailers.

Web series

It was announced on February 15, 2011, that actress Felicia Day, in partnership with BioWare, would be releasing a six-part web series called Dragon Age: Redemption sometime in the summer of 2011. The series is written by Day, who also serves as a co-producer. Filming took place over a dozen days in January 2011 in the L.A. area, with associate producer Peter Winther ( Independence Day ) as director and John Bartley ( Lost ) as cinematographer. It was teased as #mysteryproject on Day's Twitter feed for several weeks before the announcement.

The web series premiered on October 11, 2011, the same day as the release of the new Dragon Age II DLC, Mark of the Assassin, which features quests based around Day's character. [36]

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<i>Dragon Age: Inquisition</i> 2014 video game

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Alistair (<i>Dragon Age</i>) fictional character from the Dragon Age franchise

Alistair is a fictional character from BioWare's Dragon Age franchise, first appearing as a companion and party member in Origins. Alistair is the first full companion the player gets if they don't choose the Human Noble origin, and is a fellow Grey Warden alongside the player character. Over the course of the game, Alistair is revealed to be the heir to Ferelden's throne, and may be put on as king. It is also possible to sacrifice him at the end of the game against the archdemon.

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Cassandra Pentaghast

Cassandra Pentaghast is a fictional character in BioWare's Dragon Age franchise. She is the "Right Hand" of the Divine, the leader of the dominant religion in the Dragon Age setting, and a Seeker of Truth, an order of said religious organization. The character made her debut in 2011's Dragon Age II, where she appeared as part of the game's framing device. An anime film prequel, Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, was released in 2012, covering the character's backstory. She appeared again in 2014's Dragon Age: Inquisition, where she serves as a party member.

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